WATCH: Florida Fish and Wildlife Remind Boaters to Stay Safe on the Water During Labor Day Weekend

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ABOVE VIDEO: Heading out on the water this Labor Day weekend? Officer Washington provide tips on ways to stay safe while having fun!

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be working to keep waterways safe this Labor Day weekend.

Boaters should know that operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal and can lead to serious injuries and consequences.

In Florida, it is illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol content level of .08 or higher – the same as it is to operate a vehicle.

“As law enforcement, it is our job to do all we can to ensure the safety of our recreational boaters and paddlers,” said Maj. Robert Rowe, FWC’s Boating and Waterways Section Leader.

“The accidents and tragedies that happen because individuals choose to drive impaired, on land or on the water, are preventable. We’re joining other agencies across the country to keep boaters safe and prevent accidents related to BUI.”

If a person decides to take alcohol on their voyage, it is important to designate an operator who isn’t drinking alcohol and will remain sober to ensure everyone gets home safely.

The FWC encourages boaters to enjoy the boating season to its full extent by boating sober, wearing a life jacket and taking a boating education course.

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